Tuolumne River 1-day trips

World class whitewater near Yosemite.

Offered in Association with our Sister Outfitter


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A fantastically full and memorable 18 mile day of World Class whitewater near Yosemite.

  • Max trip size is 22 guests
  • Minimum age 10-14 depending on water levels / April – Sept
  • Adventurous First Timers OK
  • Our 1-day Tuolumne trips utilize mostly oar-paddle combination rafts.

Tuolumne 1-Day 2024 Trip Dates

Selected days from April through early-September. Choose your preferred dates online or contact us. If your online date of choice is not available, we will contact you.

Tuolumne 1-Day Pricing

Selected DaysOptionsPrice
Group Price (12+)
AllLunch, 18 miles$354/$319$324
  • Prices are per person and subject to a 10% Government access/service fee


  • Meet near Buck Meadows (see your Trip Confirmation for specific time and location)
  • Sign in, 45 minute bus ride to launch area
  • Safety talk, paddle practice
  • Start rafting between 10:30-11:00
  • Rafting until lunch around 1:00
  • Rafting all afternoon arriving at Wards Ferry Bridge around 4:30-5:00
  • Load up gear in bus, and 1 hour bus ride back to cars by 6:00

What’s Included

  • Wetsuits/Paddle jackets for spring trips
  • All river gear including helmets and life jackets
  • Full lunch served on river
  • Beverages at trips end
  • Parking and round trip bus shuttle to and from river

On the River

Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast prior to your meet time. There are numerous options for food in Groveland and the surrounding areas. On your one day trip we will provide a delicious lunch spread part way down the river, and cold drinks at takeout for the bus ride back to your cars.

Wet suits provided free of charge

As a service to our clients, Zephyr provides wet suits and paddle jackets free of charge. Wet suits are recommended on all trips through about mid June, depending on previous winter snowpack. The wet suits are designed for whitewater rafting, and are very comfortable. The suit is a full-length “farmer-john” style, with sleeveless tops. We also provide an optional nylon paddle jacket which can be worn over the suit when necessary. You are welcome to provide your own suit if you wish.

“What do I wear underneath my wet suit?” An important question that comes up often. We recommend wearing a thin nylon swim suit, or other non-bulky swim attire, underneath your wet suit. Also, to provide some friction between you and the raft ( to help keep you from sliding off the raft into the river ), we recommend bringing along a large pair of old shorts to wear on the outside of your wet suit.

During the summer months you can expect hot days (often reaching into the 90s) and warm nights (usually in the 60s). Spring and Fall weather is usually excellent (daytime temperatures range from the 60s to 80s). Rain showers can occasionally occur. Feel free to call us for the latest weather forecast.

On the river

  • Shorts/swim suit
  • Tennis shoes or river sandals
  • Sunglasses with tie-on
  • Camera (see above)
  • Light Windbreaker
  • T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt
  • Hat/Visor. Note: You will be wearing a helmet, and you should bring along a baseball style hat which can be worn underneath your helmet. Most other hat styles other than a baseball style hat will not work underneath your helmet.
  • Sunscreen

After the trip (leave in your car)

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel

Cool weather items

  • Polypro or wool long underwear
  • Wool or pile pants
  • Tent, Rain Gear
  • Wool or polypro sweater/jacket
  • Wool hat & gloves
  • Wetsuit & booties

Logistics, Directions & Accomodations

Tuolumne River trips meet in the town of Groveland, CA, but the exact location may vary by date. Please refer to your Trip Confirmation for the specific address, or contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

Please refer to your Trip Confirmation for the specific meeting time, which can vary between 8:00 AM to 9:00 a.m., depending on the trip. Our bus leaves about 15 minutes after the meeting time, so if you are late you might miss the trip.  Please allow yourselves enough time to arrive to our meeting spot at or before the meeting time.  Sorry, but there can be no refunds for guests who miss the trip.

Groveland, the nearest town to our meeting place is on Highway 120. From Sacramento (driving time 3 hours), take Highway 99 South to Manteca. Go East on Highway 120, through Oakdale and Chinese Camp to Groveland.

From Los Angeles (driving time 6 hours)

Take Highway 99 North to Merced. At the Northern end of Merced, take Highway J59 towards Sonora. Stay on J59 until you reach Highway 132, turn right to Coulterville. At Coulterville, Highway 132 ends at Highway 49. Turn left on Highway 49, 50 yards, then turn right on Highway J20 to Greely Hill. Follow J20 past Greely Hill to Highway 120. Turn right on Highway 120, about 1/2 mile to Ferretti Rd., turn left.

From the San Francisco Bay Area (driving time 3 1/2 hours)

Take Highway 580 East to 280 East to Manteca. Follow Highway 120 through Oakdale and Chinese Camp to Groveland.


The closest major airports are San Francisco and Oakland. You will need to rent a car and drive approximately 2 1/2 hours to our meeting place. For private planes, Pine Mountain Lake Airport is near our trip meeting place. Airport pickup is available by prior arrangement.

  • Hotel Charlotte – Downtown Groveland, with cozy rooms, good food & spirits. Located across the street from the famous Iron Door Saloon and just 7 miles from the Casa Loma meeting location. Rental houses available sleeping up to 16 people. (209) 962-6455
  • Berkshire Bed & Breakfast – 19959 Hwy 120, Groveland (209) 962-6744
  • Groveland Hotel – Downtown Groveland, with an excellent restaurant. (209) 962-4000
  • Yosemite Westgate Motel – Buck Meadows, 5 minutes from our meeting spot.
  • Yosemite Rose B&B – A wonderful country bed and breakfast only minutes from La Casa Loma Store.
  • Blackberry Inn B&B – A nice bed and breakfast in Buck Meadows
  • The Evergreen Lodge – a wonderfully historic lodge with cabins and restaurant approx. 45 minutes from our meeting spot.  Historic and scenic, located midway between our Tuolumne and Merced river meeting spots.
  • Yosemite Ridge Resort is a 43 acre facility featuring cabin rentals, full hookup RV spaces, restaurant, general store, gasoline, propane and laundromat all on site. Located in Buck Meadows, about 4 miles east of Casa Loma on Hwy. 120, and very convenient to our Tuolumne meeting spot at La Casa Loma.

Additional lodging is available in Sonora, approximately one hour from our meeting spot. If you are having trouble finding lodging, please call our office, we will be happy to assist you.

There are three US Forest Service campgrounds, some with group sites available, near La Casa Loma Store. The closest campground is The Pines, and 2004 camping fees are $12.00 per person. Call the Groveland Ranger District at (209) 962-7825 for information or (209) 379-2402 for group reservations. Another option is Moccasin Point Camp on Hwy 120, about 45 minutes from our meeting spot. Call (209) 852-2396 for information.


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